June 24, 2006

Grant applications, one rejection and one improvement

This is not only the week of graduation-rate reports, it's also the week of receiving news on two grant applications. The short precís sent to the U.S. Department of Education's unsolicited research competition was rejected (i.e., they didn't want a full proposal), and unfortunately a review of the recommended regular competition for the next fiscal year confirms that it wouldn't fit in any of the priorities. That was a longshot proposal.

The shorter odds are on the revision of my 2002 NIH proposal. This time around, I had changed the measure to one based on age, had narrowed the scope, and had gone to some trouble with data collection in the intervening years. Last time around, the percentile score for the study section (demography) was 52.0, which in NIH tradition is the reverse of normal percentile scores, meaning that a slight majority of proposals in the prior year had been scored superior to my proposal. This time, the percentile is 41.6, a moderate but definite improvement. If the funding cutline is generous (unlikely!), it'll get funded automatically. I could also get funded by a program-officer recommendation for select pay, but that usually happens on the last revision. My prediction: no funding this time, but this has a good shot at funding with another revision.

At least two other grant proposals to be written this summer. One is another longshot, and another is another revision (or maybe it'll count as a new proposal, depending on what the program officers advise), this time for NSF.

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Posted in Research on June 24, 2006 11:27 PM |